Creating Emotion

After three decades in the industry, and a spectrum of design projects, renowned firm Yabu Pushelberg is an international sensation

Splitting their time between New York City and Toronto, Ontario natives George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have conquered the world. Hotels, retail, restaurants, residences, and furniture are all among their practice’s vast array of projects. “Dedicated to delivering the unexpected”—as announced on their website—Yabu and Pushelberg strive to evoke emotions from those who use or view their work, and they are always looking for the perfect visual formula that contains a bit of complexity, but in a simple way.

Of late, Yabu Pushelberg has been active in hospitality, completing a number of high-profile projects. Last May, the firm revealed its first hotel in Thailand’s capital. Situated in the heart of the business district, Park Hyatt Bangkok reflects a sense of calm in a stylish environment where a series of intimate spaces feature beautiful works of art. Every detail was chosen to honor the country’s rich culture and create an atmosphere reminiscent of a refined private residence. In California’s Napa Valley, Yabu Pushelberg designed newly opened luxury hotel Las Alcobas to feel like home. Located in the charming small town of St. Helena, the property, which is spread over three acres, offers stunning views of the vineyards. Furnished with custom pieces, the hotel’s 68 rooms have clean lines and finishes, natural tones and organic materials, resulting in a relaxing yet elegant feel. The firm’s latest hospitality project is the recently inaugurated, Moxy Times Square, which has the largest rooftop in New York City (at 10,000 square feet) with breathtaking skyline views. Its social spaces are ideal for either co-working or relaxing, while the 612 bedrooms—the smallest ones, in particular, which are 120 square feet—were inspired by the idea of urban camping.

The creative spirit of Yabu Pushelberg continues to evolve and grow through the constant experimentation with materials and collaborations with artisans and artists, resulting in spaces that exude understated sophistication.

Written by Karine Monie

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